This recipe was created by Sarah Britton and posted on the My New Roots blog. She calls it the best lentil salad ever, and I have to agree. I serve this over a small bed of baby arugula, and top the salad with some crumbled goat cheese for a healthy, tasty meatless meal. Other optional add-ins mentioned by Sarah are walnuts, fresh herbs & sprouts.
I used to bartend at Romano's Macaroni Grill. I thought their food was gross and it really is among the unhealthiest food you can find, but I enjoyed their Basil Pesto Chicken Pizza, which I ate often. I don't think it's even on the menu anymore, and it's been years since I've had it so I wouldn't call this recipe as an exact copycat... but it's close enough for me. I include artichokes and red pepper flakes, which Mac Grill did not use. The chicken is pretty much optional- I often make this vegetarian.
This is a fun, different cocktail that you probably won't find at a bar, as most places do not have Clamato juice and/or Squirt soda. I was surprised that there wasn't a recipe on the site yet, so here it is. (I edited the recipe to include muddling the first few ingredients- makes a big difference! Thanks boomette)
Everyone has their own way of making pad thai. This recipe is mine- a lighter version with a pleasant citrus flavor. The ramen used in this recipe is not the kind that comes packaged with a flavor packet- it's the good-quality kind that can be bought from Asian grocery stores. You can also use rice sticks or even spaghetti noodles if in a pinch.
These are savory, spicy burgers that are made even tastier with spicy mayo, avocado slices, a fried egg and pico de gallo. Add cheese if you like, or maybe even bacon. I'm sure these would taste great if cooked on a grill, but I pan-fry them.
I've been hooked on quinoa lately, and this salad features it nicely. The quinoa and arugula give the dish a great earthy flavor, and it's all very easy to throw together. This recipe is enough for two vegan entrees, or four side dishes.
I found this recipe on Buzzfeed. These look like they're really fun to make. I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I will as soon as I find the Lyle's golden syrup at a store. Apparently, the Lyle's golden syrup has a unique, buttery taste, and it doesn't have a decent substitute. You can change the type of food coloring depending on the holiday- maybe red for Halloween, green for St. Patrick's Day, or whatever you like.
This recipe was somewhat inspired by Banriona's Recipe #408979, which I thought was a great Americanized twist on a classic Lebanese recipe. In the same vein, this is like a flavorful Indian curry crossed with a traditional stew. No rice or naan needed, as it's very filling. Perfect for a cold winter night!
This recipe is from bonappetit.com, and it's a great healthy twist on my favorite salad- Chicken Caesar. It also looks great on the plate. I add capers to this, but it's not part of the original recipe.
Chicago-style pizza is great, but it can be a pain to make and way too expensive to buy from a restaurant... so I came up with this easy-to-make recipe. The best Chicago pizzas usually feature cornbread crusts, but the pie crusts make a surprisingly tasty substitute! I use this recipe by Dan-Amer #1 for the sausage (http://www.food.com/recipe/homemade-bulk-italian-sausage-chicago-style-329000), but store-bought sausage should work just as well.
I LOVE lentils. I eat them at least once a week. I also love capers and anchovies, so I came up with this. Lentils also taste delicious with an egg on top- especially one with a runny yolk. Don't let the anchovies scare you, as they're just there to flavor the lentils and their strong flavor will dissipate as you cook.
This decadent recipe is from Saveur.com, and is among the best I've found on their site. It's definitely a calorie bomb, so I'll only make it for holidays or special occasions. You'll never want to add sugar to a sweet potato dish ever again, as the cheesy, savory flavors pair perfectly with the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes. It almost tastes like pizza, and while it's great as a side dish, I think it would make a great vegetarian entree.
I made this for the holidays, and it was truly the best applesauce I've ever had. The apartment smelled incredible while it was cooking! I used a mixture of Gala and Fuji apples, although any apples should be fine. Courtesy of Saveur.com.
This is a unique-tasting stew that's packed with flavor. You can use plantains instead of bananas, but they need to be cooked a bit longer. I make my own lean turkey chorizo for this, but any chorizo will do. If you're unconcerned about calories, serve this with some additional fried bananas - yum!